Instructional Modules for New Dissertation Chairs

´╗┐Module 1:  Becoming an Effective Dissertation Chair

This module is a great 5-week online course covering several topics including (1) Responsibilities of the Chair, (2) Communicating with Committee Members, (3) Chair's Responsibility to the Candidate, (4) Helpful Hints and Recommendations, and (5) mastering the Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods research designs.

New Chairs AND and Doctoral Candidates can benefit from this instructional module. The content is intended to help the new Chair to understand the responsibilities of the dissertation chairs and also assist doctoral students who may be in the process of selecting their Chair and/or Committee member.

Course Fee: There is no fee for this course.  To register, send a letter of intent to so we can assist with the course readings, discussion, and assignments (though we are suggesting a 4-week length, you are free to complete as desired).  If you desire a Certificate of Completion for your professional purposes, we will be glad to offer such a letter to anyone completing the course.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Though Dissertation Perfection serves as an 'editorial reviewer' of Proposals and Dissertations for a fee, this course offering is not related to the official review service we offer.  The purposes of our Instructional Modules are to (1) contribute to the profession and especially the faculty who are new to chairing dissertations and (2) also provide assistance to doctoral students who are contemplating the selection of a chair and/or committee member.

Questions or clarifications desired, email:


Dr. Ted Creighton
Executive Director and Senior Editor
Dissertation Perfection, LLC

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Theodore (Ted) Creighton is Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech.  Ted is the founder and Executive Director of Dissertation Perfection and also serves as a Senior Editor.  He has served as a Chair or Committee Member on over 100 dissertations at four universities.  Though many of his dissertations were quantitative and qualitative, he has extensive experience with mixed-methods studies.  Ted currently lives in Durango, CO with his wife Linda, a retired Professor from Radford University in Virginia.

Dr. Sandra Harris is Professor Emeritus from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Her dissertations include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Sandra is a former associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, before accepting the Doctoral Program Director's position at Lamar University.  Though officially retired, Sandy continues to Chair dissertations at Abeline Christian University in-between trips to see her grandchildren.

Dr. John Slate is currently a Professor at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches quantitative data analysis, research methods, and academic and professional writing.  John has experience at several universities including Texas A&M University, Kingsville, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the University of Texas at El Paso, TX. Though John keeps busy professionally, he finds time to pursue his passion for running marathons and ultra-distance events, including 100 milers.